Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pressing Senator Mary Landrieu on the HHS Contraception Mandate

Senator Mary Landrieu is going to be up for election again next year and she needs to be pressed on a few issues. One of those issue is the HHS Contraception mandate. On that note Micah Murphy from Shreveport has a good post on this at Landrieu’s Religious Dishonesty Bears Rotten Fruit . We need to be seeing more of this and people that are concerned about religious liberty should be pressing this issue at her public appearances.

Here is some questions I would ask.

First does she agree with the Obama administration position that corporations ( even the common small business L.L.C. ) has no standing even to get to court on the issue. Does Senator Mary Landrieu. think there is some sort of of Separation of Faith and Work at play here ? This issue is being played out right now in these HHS Contraception mandate cases.

Second she needs to be pressed on how in her view this does not violate the The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 which was passed by a huge bipartisan majority

That is can the HHS contraception mandate burden religion because it  meets the following.

1) be justified by a compelling governmental interest and
(2) law or policy must be narrowly tailored to achieve that goal or interest and
(3) The law or policy must be the least restrictive means for achieving that interest, that is, there cannot be a less restrictive way to effectively achieve the compelling government interest.

I think its problematic on all three parts but very much fails as to the least restrictive means test. The Government could have done a direct grant etc .This is a very good easy to understand overview of why the HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. I suggest reading that and then pressing our good Senator on these issues.

:Last but not least Senator Landrieu needs to be pressed on how we can limited this " just " to birth control. A fact that many people of Faith that have no problems with contraception themselves. If we can just ignore the RFRA today then why can't we ignore it as to things like abortion and other ethical problems for folks tomorrow.


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